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Please Please Help! How do you do a dc3 tog?

Hi, I'm new to this site and am a self taught crocheter. I am trying to make a blanket. It wants me to DC3 tog over the next 3 chains, how do I do that? I have looked in my book-crochet for dummies and online on youtube trying to find out how to do that. I have tried it different ways and every time I get to the second row about 1/4 of the way through it starts puckering, not laying flat like in the picture. Here's exactly how this part of the pattern reads;
1st row-- 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, 1 dc in each of next 3 ch. (yoh. draw up a loop in next ch. yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) 3 times. yoh and draw through all loops on hook-DC3tog made.
The next step- DC3tog over next 3 ch,1dc in each of next ch, *3 dc in each of next 2 ch, 1 dc in each of next 3 ch, (DC3tog over next 3 ch) twice, 1 dc in each of next 3 ch, Rep from * to last ch, 3 dc in last ch. Turn.

I'm just at such a loss as to how to do this, can anyone help me?

Thank You,
Jenn

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It sounds like you are doing a kind of ripple. It may look puckered at first but after you do a few rows it should flatten out more and then blocking it after you are finished should make a big difference.

I suggest that you do a smaller practice swatch -- maybe a piece with 4-5 repeats of this stitch pattern. Work it for a few rows so you will see how it comes out.

To dc3tog over 3 chain, wrap you yarn around hook, insert into chain, yarn over and pull yarn through -- 3 loops on hook. Yarn over and pull through two loops on hook. Now wrap yarn around hook again, insert into next chain, yarn over and pull through chain -- 4 loops on hook. Yarn over and pull through two loops.
Now wrap yarn around hook for the third time, insert hook into third chain, yarn over and pull through chain -- 5 loops on hook. Yarn over and pull through two loops, and then yarn over and pull through all remaining loops. You have now decreased 3 stitches, i.e. chains, into 1 stitch. I see that you repeat this maneuver twice in a row so you are reducing 6 stitches down to 2 stitches.

In other parts of your pattern you do a double increase, that is you do 3 dc in one chain. This compensates for the double decrease of dc3tog so your final stitch count will remain the same.